German paper publishes 'anti-Semitic' cartoon attacking Israel (Signalé par JPD)
The largest German daily broadsheet---the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung-- published a photo of a cartoon on Tuesday depicting Israel as a wild, hungry, ill beast devouring German military weapons. The cartoon sparked criticism from Jewish organizations in Germany and the US.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Jerusalem Post by email on Tuesday that his organization "decries the illustration depicting Israel as a monster in a leading German newspaper." He said the cartoon was "grotesquely beyond the pale of legitimate criticism and invokes one of the classic anti-Semitic tools: Animalization is a classic and effective tool in dehumanizing an enemy, something Nazi and Soviet propaganda deployed over and over again."
The cartoon was the work of Ernst Kahl, who told the Jewish newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine Zeitung that had he been asked, he would have rejected the paper's use of his cartoon in conjunction with two book reviews about Israel one of which covered American Jewish author Peter Beinart's book The Crisis of Zionism. Under the cartoon, the Süddeutsche wrote, "Germany is serving. Israel has been given weapons for decades and partly free of charge. Israel's enemies think it is a ravenous Moloch. Lire l'article JPost.
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